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Banh mi-focused Mr. Saigon replaces University Market on 12th Ave

Mr. Saigon, geared toward providing Capitol Hill with convenient, quality, and affordable Vietnamese cuisine, is slated to replace a longtime quick mart on 12th Ave.

The restaurant, the Mr. Saigon group’s first venture, is planned to debut May 14th in the former home of University Market. Mr. Saigon is a creation of Huy Tat the owner behind Jackson’s scratch banh mi provider Lan Hue.

The new Mr. Saigon will boast a menu of seven sandwiches, offering four traditionally favorite sandwiches, along with a rotating menu offering three creative banh mi iterations.

Individual sandwiches will be nine inches long, “packed with homemade ingredients,” and can be paired with fresh rolls, coffee, and pastries in $9 combos.

The company says Mr. Saigon prioritizes freshness and authenticity and much as they emphasize convenience, believing these qualities all sustain one another. According to a representative from the Mr. Saigon group, “Other Vietnamese restaurants serve $10 individual Vietnamese sandwiches, and we feel like that is expensive,” the rep tells CHS. “We understand why the price is that high, as other places get their ingredients elsewhere, but we make the bread, spread, and cold cuts in house, helping us give the customer more value.”

Taking a page from a sandwich giant, Mr. Saigon also plans to guarantee freshness when you simply walk in the door. “We bake the bread in front of you. When you come in, you see the freshness,” the rep said.

Along with “seeing freshness,” future Mr. Saigon customers will be greeted with a view of a large flat screen displaying the specials geared toward Seattle University students.

Mr. Saigon also has long-term goals of expansion beyond 12th Ave as the group aims to provide cheap, fresh, Vietnamese sandwiches to “anywhere there is a decent amount of foot traffic willing to give us an opportunity.”

Mr. Saigon will open at 734 12th Ave. You can learn more at

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